Joe Girard was without a doubt the biggest if not one of the biggest stock risers (no pun) of the year.
The sharpshooting guard out of Glen Falls, NY, is ranked in the high-200’s but landed offers from Michigan, Duke, Syracuse, Ohio State, among many others after averaging over 40 points last season.
His shooting was just off the charts, putting up 10 three’s a game basically became the regular for Girard who was recently named three-point champion at City Of Palms.
“I do believe I’m the best shooter in the country. At the same time, I’m more than a shooter and I love to compete. I’m a winner and competitor and do whatever it takes to win,” Girard said.
At this past City Of Palms tournament Girard’s team didn’t come out with the championship but the senior guard had the best performance of the tournament. He scored 59 points on 20-42 shooting including 11 made three’s.
In addition, that game he had seven rebounds and four assists, showcasing his ability to do more than just score the ball.
“During the game I was just thinking about winning. In order to help the team win that game I had to score and play better than the game before. I felt really confident and was doing whatever I could to win,” Girard said after the 59-point performance.
As for next year, Girard will play for Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange. So far that class has Brycen Goodine, John Bol Ajak, and most recently Quincy Guerrier (top-50) who will enroll early.
“Syracuse’s 2019 class is really talented. We’ve got everything we need from playmakers, shooters, shot blockers, and slashers. I think we are going to be very good and win a lot of games. I’m hoping and working to winning 4 national championships,” he said on his 2019 class.
But that class doesn’t want to be done, they believe and Joe believes that there’s one missing piece, Isaiah Stewart. The heralded five-star big who’s recently been named by many as the potential best player in the class. One reporter said: “In two years this guy will be in the NBA dominating.”
Girard and Stewart were AAU teammates on the Albany City Rocks and have become really close friends over the past few years. Right after Girard committed his first few calls and texts went to Stewart, vying him to join the Orange.
“Isaiah and I have become really good friends over the year through AAU. I really hope he comes to Syracuse because I think we could definitely win a national championship there. He’s one of the hardest workers I know and proves himself every time he steps on the floor,” Girard said on Stewart.
That was the first ever #Signed story. The #Signed series will be where we speak to the signed seniors, they will discuss their game, some guys they’re recruiting (if any), and more.